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July 2019
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Join us on November 8, 2019, 6-11 pm as we Raise the Roof
Andiamo Italian Bistro, Warren
Special speaker: “Rudy”

Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. “Rudy” had a difficult time in school because he was dyslexic. After finishing high school he joined the Navy, worked at a power plant for two years, and then applied to the University of Notre Dame. Due to his marginal grades, it took Rudy four tries to be accepted into Notre Dame. His dream was to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but at 5’6” and 165 lbs. he was undersized and unlikely to play. 

By showing he was willing to work as much as he needed to, Rudy found himself a spot on the scout team—a practice team that helps varsity players prepare for games. 

On his last Notre Dame game, the coach put Rudy on the team as defense. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammate’s shoulders.

Today, Rudy is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream - to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. 

Andiamo in Warren will host this event, doors open at 5pm for VIPs.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Carol McQueen at
586-263-1540 X 119 or email  cmqueen@macombhabitat.org  for more information.

Don’t miss this event on Friday, November 8, 2019,
6-11 p.m. with dinner, drinks & silent auction.

Get your tickets today or consider a sponsorship.
Tickets: General $100
Macomb County Habitat's Home Run Campaign is a match campaign provided through the generosity of Consumers Energy. Every donation will be matched 2:1 for greater impact in our local community. This campaign helps us ensure that everyone in our Macomb County community has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.

Text https://classy.ort/team/224857 to donate.
Helen's Blog
Fair & Proud

As I reflect upon what it means to be an American, the one word that seems to settle well with me is “fairness.” For me that means making ethical choices while treating everyone fairly knowing that some will agree and disagree with the choices. Being able to make those choices is what differentiates us from many other countries. And that makes me so happy and proud!

At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, we build and rehab homes for anyone who QUALIFIES. It’s important to us to treat everyone the same . That means fairly treating candidates who are legal immigrants and who wear headgear that is not familiar to us; it means fairly treating families that want to cross borders – such as Oakland or Wayne Counties, to live in Macomb County; and it means fairly treating men, women, and children who may have a non-traditional religious preference – or no religious preference at all.

Not only are we free to treat everyone the same, but we must – in order to follow the law.

And even if there were no law, we at Macomb Habitat would be fair. For us, freedom is how we act even when we are confused, fearful or unfamiliar with a group, a look, or a way of being.

We see freedom as free to come to our doors to try and better oneself. We view it as a freedom to have orientations that simply don’t look like ours – knowing that respect will be given at every turn.

We see Christ in all we serve. If someone is turned away, it is not because we couldn’t understand the language or we disagreed with a person’s political choices.

It would be because their income didn’t fall in the HUD-determined grid or because they were unwilling to volunteer 250 hours of sweat equity as their way of truly contributing to the effort.

Though it’s only four letters in length, “fair” is a big word for us at Macomb Habitat. It represents who we are and how we want to be. Its colors are red, white and blue and fairness stands up to the very core of our constitution and the flag we salute.

This July as we reexamine what makes us proud and sets us apart, we embrace our ability to treat everyone who comes to our doors, fairly. If you don’t like the price we give you in our ReStores, then know that we aren’t going to reduce it for you and not for another. If you want to enroll in our Brush With Kindness Program, understand that if you are over a certain income range, we are going to say no to you and all who exceed that bar, - because we only serve low-income people! And if you want to participate in our Home Ownership Program, we aren’t going to ask one person to invest $2,000 while everyone else invests $1,000.

Fair is fair, and we will hang our stars and stripes on that premise.

So get out there, light those sparklers all week long, and have a wonderful July!

With every best wish,
Helen
Faith Build Project in St. Clair Shores
The Architectural Program at Macomb Community College, South Campus is nearing the end of making changes on our building plans to get a building permit. We have received gifts and pledges totaling $24,850 on our way to match the Thrivent $70,000 Challenge Grant for half the cost of the home. Looking for trades partners for electrical, plumbing, cement work, drywall, roofing and masonry. See the attached for the tentative schedule. Note the Clergy and Staff Wall Building Day on Wed., July 17 th , and a Wall Building Day on Sat., July 20 th  with volunteers from Bethel Lutheran and Lake Shore Church, plus a few others. Add your faith community or other groups to lend a hand – volunteers, funding, lunches or prayer by contacting Dave Tirsell at dtirsell@macombhabitat.org.

Construction Underway
Our team is awaiting bids to move both homes from the Baker College parking lot on to basements in Clinton Twp. (homes begun by Chippewa Valley School students to be completed by our volunteers), Will be lining up companies and groups for work in late July through November. 

We will have limited work in the next week to finish our rehab on Sarsfield in Warren and will continue to fundraise and secure volunteers to complete the rehab on Saxony in Eastpointe. A limited number of Brush with Kindness activities for vets, work in Shelby Twp. and projects at each of our ReStores are possible.

June volunteers included:
  • GM Team from the Tech Center worked on porch repair, landscaping and skirting replacement for a veteran’s widow in Shelby Twp. Good volunteers!
  • 15 volunteers did demolition work on the Baker College parking lot stored homes. Drywall, cabinets and other fixtures were removed after vandalism damage. Essentially 110 hours of work to get ready to rebuild.

A big thank you to Level One Bank. American General Services Inc., and many others who helped.
Faith Build Schedule
Wednesday, July 17
Clergy & Leader Wall Build Day
Team Size 15

Saturday, July 20
Wall Building Day
Team Size 20 Full

Wednesday, August 14
Wall Raising, exterior
Team Size 20

Saturday, August 17
Wall Raising, interior
Team Size 25

Wednesday, August 21
Trusses, Sheeting
Team Size 20

Saturday, August 24
Sheeting, shingles
Team Size 20+ Full

Saturday, September 14
Windows, ext. doors
Team Size 15

Wednesday, September 18
Wall insulation
Team Size 10

Saturday, September 21
Kitchen/bath tile, attic insulation
Team Size 15
Wednesday, September 25
Prime paint
Team Size 15

Wednesday, October 9
Cabinets, paint
Team Size 15

Saturday, October 12
Trim, paint
Team Size 15

Wednesday, October 16
Interior doors
Team Size 10

Saturday, October 19
Counter tops, other interior
Team Size 15

Saturday, October 26
Interior work
Team Size 15

Saturday, November 9
Shed build, landscape prep
Team Size 20

Wednesday, November 13
Finish details
Team Size 15

Saturday, November 16
Landscaping
Team Size 25
Cars for Homes
Donate a vehicle to Habitat for Humanity’s car donation program – Cars for Homes. Your generosity will support our work with local families.

  • All proceeds from your vehicle donation will support Habitat for Humanity and help local families here in Macomb County.

  • Your donation may qualify for a tax deduction.

It’s fast and easy. Learn more about how vehicle donations work just click: http://macombhabitat.org/donate/donate-a-car/
Moving? Spring Cleaning? Hosting a Garage Sale? Do you have anything left to donate?
Our ReStores are in need of your donations! Our inventory is in need of the following items: bedroom sets, gently used appliances, power tools, lawn & garden items, patio sets, gardening tools, lawn mowers, windows, bicycles, and home interiors (plates, cups, knick knacks, house plants, picture frames, decor, etc.). As a reminder we are always looking for slightly used donations in good condition that are located on the first floor or the garage of your home.  We provide  FREE pick up in Macomb County and you will be provided with an itemized tax donation receipt!  Click here  to view a full list of items we can accept!
Donation Hotline: (586) 263-1540
We offer FREE pick up for Macomb County residents! Or drop off your donation at one of our convenient Macomb County locations.

Two ReStore locations:
46660 Van Dyke, Shelby Township
23211 Van Dyke, Warren

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Here are a few reminders!
We are particularly interested in Patio and Garden furniture, outdoor tools and housewares such as dishes, silverware, and glasses. We are currently not able to accept desks, entertainment centers nor dishwashers. See our web site for a complete listing of items we cannot accept. 
Wish List
At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, we are always accepting donations! Here are the top 5 items on our Wish List:
  1. Box truck in working condition - for our Cap department
  2. Qualified applicants to apply for our Homeownership Program
  3. Office and other supplies - tape, paper, file folders, highlighters, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels, regular & contractor grade garbage bags.
  4. Packing and moving materials for the ReStores (no boxes) -packing tape, moving straps and blankets
  5. Other - Lightweight chain, Heavy duty stretch wrap, a working hi-lo and appliance dollies/straps, appliance straps at our ReStores
Macomb County Habitat Hole-in-One Golf Classic Review
The rain delay did not detour our golfers from coming out and having an awesome day on the golf course June 10th at Greystone Golf Club. 120 golfers raised funds to support our Mission to build homes, communities and hope. Macomb Habitat is very grateful to our golfers, our hole-sponsors and especially our Corporate Sponsors.
SPONSORS